Change is good! And with the introduction of the mid-season tank update Kha'Zix has changed for the better!
With lethality being nerfed a few patches ago and a few buffs and nerfs to items in the mid season, most notably Randuin's Omen, Deaths Dance and Guardian Angel (from the AD bruisers viewpoint) buffs and nerfs to the last whisper items , bruiser/off-tank is the new way to play (In my opinion, please don't roast me) Kha'Zix! This guide will show you how to play a Methodical Bruiser Kha'Zix Jungle.
As for Summoner Spells, very standard:
- Smite obviously needed for jungling
- Very few champions can make do without flash, Kha'Zix isn't one of them.
An unconventional tree compared to the standard Kha'Zix player, However for Bruiser Kha'Zix i believe Explorer and Fearless to be more valuable than anything on offer in the Ferocity tree.
Let's break it Down:
Savagery - just generally useful for clearing. Wanderer Doesn't offer much in comparison so there's no choice really.
Runic Affinity - Blue and Red are very useful for ganking and clearing. they usually last 2minutes each but with Runic Affinity they last an extra 18 seconds, enough time for another gank with increased chance of success or a couple more easy camps. Also works on Baron buff and is generally very good value for any jungler. as for the other options; Secret Stash is useless as you'll want to start refillable potions every time, and Assasin is only useful in duels, something Kha'Zix is already very good at, coupled with Challenging smite it is unlikely Assassin would ever be a determining factor in a duel.
Merciless - An easy chocie, as Kha'Zix only needs his 20 mana Q to clear, Meditation is not at all needed. regardless Merciless is Generally good for increasing damage output.
Intelligence - Additional CDR Generally has more use than the extra lethality. Kha'zix likes to stack CDR as his Q taste their fear is his main damage source, and wants to have the lowest cool down possible. Since lethality nerfs, and as this is not a lethality Kha'Zix guide precision is simply worse.
Thunderlord's Decree - Not much to say. Very good keystone for Burst champions, and Kha'Zix can proc it very easily. Some people like to take stormraider's as this is also a strong mastery that Kha can easily proc, however for bruiser Kha'Zix, thunderlord's burst is very important. Windspeaker's Blessing obviously has no use.
Recovery - recovery helps with sustain in the jungle and allows you to be healthy enough to gank after a clearing both buffs and Wolves/Gromp. This build will rarely ever stack enough resistances to consider taking unyielding.
Explorer - Explorer really helps Junglers get around a whole lot faster and is just gerenally a really valuable mastery for any jungler, espcially gank heavy or invading junglers, of which Kha'Zix can do both. Seige master is Pretty much useless. Tough Skin is pretty decent for clearing and being that little bit tankier, however i don't believe it's as useful as Explorer.
Runic Armor - for any jungler with heals shields or regen, this will liekly leave you with more health after a clear than the +50 health from veteran's Scars and so is objectively better.
Fearless - very useful for this particular Kha'zix guide. Gving you a burst of resistances for 2 seconds allows Kha'Zix to jump in to a team and stay alive long enough assassinate a squishy target, and get the reset to jump back to safety. Insight is another universally valuable mastery which would work well with Kha'Zix and similar to the other masteries in the tree perseverance would help with sustain, however these aren't as useful as fearless for a champion like Kha'zix.